Smart Grid Above the Fold: 7/28/17


Top consumer smart grid news hand-selected and brought to you by the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative.

Utility Dive | DER Aggregation 101: For Utilities, Smaller Resources Can Go a Long Way
In the summer, when cooling demand spikes and a utility needs to reduce load, turning down one air conditioner doesn’t help much. Turning down a thousand would help, however. Which is a simple enough thing to realize, but difficult to execute, manage and monetize. When utilities talk about aggregating resources, they split into two distinct markets: residential load, and commercial and industrial.

Electric Light & Power | Smart Streetlight Installations to Reach 73 Million by 2026
According to a new report from Navigant Research, the installed base of smart street lights is expected to reach nearly 73 million worldwide by 2026. The report analyzes the evolution of smart street lighting technology and market trends, providing global market forecasts of smart street lighting hardware, software applications, and services, broken out by segment and region, through 2026.

Transmission & Distribution World | Residential Electric Utility Customer Satisfaction Increases for Sixth Year
An increase in power outage information along with higher price satisfaction are the top drivers of the sixth consecutive year of improved customer satisfaction with residential electric utility companies, according to the J.D. Power 2017 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study released last week.

Renewable Energy World | Illinois Explores Smart Inverters’ Potential to Strengthen Grid Reliability
A federal judge recently protected Illinois’ Future Energy Jobs Act, which is expected to grow the state’s solar capacity to over 3,000 MW by 2030 — enough to power approximately half a million homes. The expected influx in distributed resources like solar panels prompted ICC to set in motion NextGrid, an 18-month study focused on rethinking the roles of the utility, the customer, and energy solution providers.

SGCC Member News
Energy Central | How Can Energy Usage Data Be Leveraged to Benefit Consumers?
Data can be a valuable tool for better engaging consumers and developing improved products and services; however, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about how utilities and other organizations can safely utilize energy usage data for these purposes. With their new Anonymous Data Service program, ComEd is one of the utilities that is exploring this emerging area.

Public Power Daily | N.Y. Utility Outlines Plans for Innovative Storage Projects
Con Edison has filed implementation plans for two energy storage demonstration projects that are part of New York’s utility sector reform effort called Reforming the Energy Vision. In one project, Con Edison will work with NRG Energy to use transportable batteries to better manage capacity constraints on the investor-owned utility’s distribution system.

Electric Light & Power | PG&E Leads California on Energy Efficiency Scorecard
PG&E ranked as one of the top five energy-efficient energy companies in the country on the new Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard released by the industry association ACEEE. Ranked third in the country, PG&E led California as the top-placed utility in the state for energy efficiency.

Metering & Smart Energy International | Southern Company Launches Energy Storage Demonstration with Tesla and EPRI
In the US, Southern Company has launched its energy storage pilot program in partnership with subsidiary, Gulf Power, EPRI and Tesla. Under the pilot, Southern Company in partnership with Tesla developed a 250KW/1MW-hour lithium industrial energy storage system at a technology research and development center owned by Gulf Power.

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